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The honey glazed salmon at Belli's Bistro, a participant in this year's Black Restaurant Week.

#RaiseMKE by supporting Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week

It's almost time to show your support local entrepreneurs and their businesses during Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week, which takes place April 14-20.

It's the fourth year for this local effort, which encourages diners to patronize Black-owned businesses throughout the city.

"Black Americans are just 13 percent of the U.S. population but will have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019," notes the BlankSpace MKE website. "Because we know that not enough of the money is 'flowing back into' black communities – MKE Black Restaurant Week is a method to introduce 'foodies to new and exciting eateries' in the black community.

"We believe supporting Black restaurants play a crucial role in achieving socio-economic upliftment, and the sustainable implementation of these beliefs will strengthen our communities and open opportunities for future generations. Through supporting African American businesses you're supporting small businesses. You're giving back to the community and bringing some social, economic uplift to the community."

Show your support

To show your support for restaurants during Black Restaurant Week, visit any Black-owned restaurant and document your visit by posting a photo of your meal on social media using hashtag #MKEBlackEats.

You can also choose to attend any of the scheduled meet-ups sponsored by various local organizations throughout the week. Check out the full schedule here.

Participants are also encouraged to submit their feedback about the event via the survey on the BlankSpace Black Restaurant Week website.

Participating restaurants

Additional black-owned restaurants who have participated in this initiative in past years include:

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